[IMGCAP(1)]HOUSTON-Although flooding and broken windows were the primary signature left by Hurricane Ike, much of the region’s industrial buildings escaped serious damage from the storm. Many companies are still assessing holdings, but the overall news is positive.

The Port of Houston Authority resumed normal operations late last Thursday. Two cruse ships of Miami-based Carnival Corp. are operating from Houston while repairs continue on their normal berths at the Port of Galveston. Area experts, in the meantime, are breathing a sigh of relief that damages to industrial properties weren’t worse.

“The information that we’ve gotten is that there’s a lot of roof-related damage. HVAC units that are on roofs, pressurization fans used for stairwells–those were damaged. But, we’re doing better than I thought we would be,” says Stephen Ash, managing vice president for Transwestern Houston.

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